TOUGH ON COR­RUP­TION

The Asian Age - - Oped - Dilip Cherian

Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath, who is run­ning a cam­paign against cor­rup­tion, has re­port­edly sought the records of over 100 of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing In­dian Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vice, In­dian Po­lice Ser­vice and state ser­vice, whose names have fig­ured in cor­rup­tion cases. Sources say that at least 300 of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees of the state gov­ern­ment are un­der the chief min­is­ter’s scan­ner for their al­leged in­volve­ment in fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

The de­ci­sion to crack down was re­port­edly taken at a re­cent meet­ing in the chief min­is­ter’s of­fice and at­tended by chief sec­re­tary Anup Chan­dra Pandey, prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary ( home) Arvind Ku­mar and di­rec­tor- gen­eral of po­lice O. P. Singh. It is be­ing seen as a strong mes­sage about the chief min­is­ter’s in­ten­tion to crack down on cor­rup­tion, not just in his regime but also dur­ing the ten­ure of his pre­de­ces­sors. He has also sought files of cases that took place dur­ing the SP and BSP rule. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, fol­low­ing this or­der, babus in Ut­tar Pradesh are in a tizzy!

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